Mark Boulton

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How to Section Your HTML

An *excellent* post on the fundamentals of sectioning in HTML. I'll be refactoring this site after reading this.

Published on 19 Jun 2019

Automate your outgoing webmentions

Remy's Webmention.app looks like a very handy little service indeed. Been toying with the idea of webmentions on this site fort a little while now.

Published on 19 Jun 2019

Facebook is the Tipping Point for Crypto

A crypto currency from a centralised organisation with questionable ethics. Sure, this might make virtual currency mainstream, but I'm not entirely sure this is good for crypto.

Bitcoin's week-long rally took some by surprise, but in retrospect, Mosaic Theory may have foreshadowed it. Among the rationales, Facebook is coming.

Published on 19 Jun 2019

Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet

Mary Meeker's been at it again. Nothing very surprising in this year's report, but one thing did jump out at me which was related to customer acquisition costs. They're going up across the board. Mary points out that, in some cases, it's more costly to acquire a customer than the lifespan of that customer with a given product. When that happens, it's unsustainable growth.

Published on 18 Jun 2019

Publishing Is Hard

Yes. Yes it is.

Published on 16 Jun 2019

Relearn CSS layout: Every Layout

What a fabulous website for understanding modern layout creation using CSS. The introduced concepts make sense (eg. The Stack), particularly for design system work. Lots to read here.

Published on 16 Jun 2019

Grid, content re-ordering and accessibility

I've long held the belief that source order in HTML should follow visua hierarchical order. For the most part I think that holds up, but sometimes you might purposefully want to mess with it. Rachel makes the case for better CSS and tools to allow this for a11y concerns.

Published on 05 Jun 2019

What Does It Mean to Decolonize Design?

A thought-provoking article from Eye Magazine on Decolonisation in relation to design. Removing one's self from cultural and 'colonial' bias as a designer is challenging, particularly for people like me: male and white, born into a middle class family in the UK with a good education. Lessons to learn.

“For far too long, designers have remained married to the concept that what we do is neutral, universal, that politics has no place in design,” says Abdulla. Yet the choices we make as designers are intrinsically political: With every design choice we make, there’s the potential to not just exclude but to oppress; every design subtly persuades its audience one way or another and every design vocabulary has history and context. Learning about the history of colonialism will open our eyes to how power structures have formed society today, and how they dominate our understanding of design.

Published on 05 Jun 2019

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